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#1 Johnny Boy

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Posted 14 March 2007 - 07:43 PM

I'm trying to workgroup my mom's laptop and my desktop in order to share a printer connected to my desktop. My desktop is wired directly to the router and the laptop is wireless. I clicked set up home or small office network on mydesktop and named it MSHOME and then did the same for my mom's laptop. When I try to access the workgroup on both computers it gives me the same error. " You cannot access the workgroup at this time, you may not have sufficient permission or one of the other systems may be turned off. Contact the system administrator for details." I then tryed redoing the network setup process on both computers and named the workgroup MSHOME2 and I was able to access the workgroup but not access my desktop from the laptop or the laptop from my desktop and could not access either even thought I could see them in the workgroup. I also enabled NETBIOS tc/ip like another tut told me to do but no cigar.. I was wondering if anyone knows anything else I can try, because I know I got this to work at my dads house ( parents divorced ) with the same setup but I dont remember how.

Thanks in advanced for any responses.
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Posted 14 March 2007 - 08:33 PM

are you using xp pro or home?
do you know what a firewall is? if so, are you running the windows firewall or a 3rd party firewall? are you able to surf the net with both compujters?
is your printer set as shared?

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Posted 14 March 2007 - 09:33 PM

I am running windows XP home, I can't try right now because my mom's out with her laptop but I think it may be the windows firewall plus the zonealarm firewall.I don't know how I didn't think of that for myself :thumbsup: Thanks for your response and I'll repost if I have any more trouble.
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